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The Center for the Advancement of STEM Education

PreK-12 Teachers

CASE programs provide professional development for PreK-12 teachers and hands-on experiences for PreK-12 classes.

Professional Development Opportunities for PreK-12 Teachers 

Please use this page to view upcoming and current professional development opportunities for pre-service and in-service teachers.
 

Summer 2017:

The Great American Solar Eclipse: Professional Development for Teachers

On August 21, 2017, the entire USA will have the chance to witness a spectacular eclipse of the Sun. In this professional development workshop, we will explore safe methods to view the Sun both during an eclipse and not, and activities to do with K-12 students involving solar observing and eclipses. Workshop participants will receive 5 pairs of solar eclipse glasses and a wealth of educational materials and resources relevant to the Sun. Get your students ready to view the eclipse safely! Please see the course flyer for more information.

Date: May 24, 2017
Time: 4:00 - 6:00 PM
Location: Bridgewater State University, DMF Science and Mathematics Center
Cost: $15
Registration: Please use this website to register. Financial policies can be found on the registration site.

Macro to Micro Professional Development for Teachers

Macro to Micro teacher training course will be held in the Boston area at Bridgewater State University July 10-12, 2017. It is offered by Lichen Labs and Biomimicry New England, in collaboration with the Center for the Advancement of STEM Education, for seventh grade life science teachers and informal educators. It will introduce teachers to biomimicry and microscopy and take them through the process of collecting samples in the field, microscope observation and doing a biomimicry design project. Teachers will then teach the Macro to Micro course in their classes during the next school year. They will receive lesson plans and course materials and be able to send samples for remote light microscope and scanning electron microscope viewing from their classroom. Please see the couse flyer.

Dates: July 10-12, 2017
Time: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Bridgewater State University, DMF Science and Mathematics Center
Cost: $85
Credit: 20 Professional Development points
Registration: Please use this website to register. Financial policies can be found on the registration site.
Funded Prerequisite: Biomimicry 3.8 Foundational Course~3-4 Hours online self-study.



 

The Curriculum

Macro to Micro: Innovation Inspired by Nature is a STEAM educational experience that is based in Biomimicry and Microscopy. The program has been designed for 7th grade life science classes and supports common core standards. It teaches emulation of nature’s designs with a focus on structures and mechanisms at the micro and nano scale, not visible to the human eye. The educational experience is both student centered and nature centered.

Training and Lesson Materials

Educators will learn how to utilize the Macro to Micro curriculum in their classes in the upcoming year. They will receive information on the subject matter and logistics, and gain insight from a Boston middle school teacher who taught the course in the past school year.

 

The course will include lecture, field trip and STEAM experiential learning components. Participants will be taken outside to a natural area where they will immerse themselves in nature. They will be guided through a process and invited to observe the natural surroundings through visual, auditory, or sensory perceptions. Participants will choose an organism, plant part, insect, or other natural artifact to observe, study and draw. Teachers will receive instruction on specimen collection for microscope examination, then collect and prepare specimens for examination themselves. Highlight samples will be examined using both a stereo light microscope and a scanning electron microscope (SEM). The class will later remotely log into a SEM to see highly magnified micro and nano structures on their organisms, and ask questions and make observations about the organisms, structures and processes they discover.

An adaptation seen on the micro-scale will be researched on websites like asknature.org to understand the function (strategy and mechanism) of this adaptation for helping the organism with a specific challenge. Educators will generate ideas and drawings of a new product that emulates the engineering concepts from the adaptation observed in nature, to solve a human challenge in an ecofriendly way. They will capture their photos, research and drawings in a report and poster. Teachers will present their posters, receive feedback and participate in discussion and Q&A on the process.

Program Faculty

Sue Okerstrom, Owner and Chief Technologist, Lichen Labs LLC, a biomimicry and microscopy lab and consulting business; Certified Biomimicry Professional; MS in Biomimicry from Arizona State University; MS in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Minnesota

Kris Grymonpre, McCormack Middle School Dorchester, Science Teacher; Boston Public Schools; Master of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education; BS in Chemical Engineering, MIT

Lesson Materials & Future Scanning Electron Microscope Remote Sessions

The course will include lesson plans, associated materials and support for teaching 1 – 4 classes in Macro to Micro in 2017-2018. Course will also include SEM class sessions with individual course participants and their classes.

Open Lab Night for High School and Middle School Teachers

The Department of Chemistry at BSU and CASE invite high school and middle school STEM educators for an exciting evening of professional development laboratory experiences! Participants will be immersed in research laboratory activities conducting Project-Based Learning experiments. You will work as a team solving problems, have hands-on access to BSU teaching and research equipment, and network with BSU faculty, students and each other. BSU faculty will serve as mentors, and our chemistry students will serve as “Teaching Assistants” guiding you through the experiments. 

Date: To be announced shortly

 
CH560 Matter: From Atoms to Macromolecules 

This course is offered through Raising the Bar, a Massachusetts Mathematics and Science Partnership Program awarded to Randolph Public Schools in partnership with Braintree Public Schools, Bridgewater State University and Teachers21. The mission of MMSP is to promote math and science content knowledge for teachers of K-12 students. This is the final graduate course offered from BSU to Randolph and Braintree schools as part of the Raising the Bar for All program. While this course is offered first to Randolph and Braintree teachers, teachers from other districts may still submit their names for possible enrollment. The enrollment period for Randolph and Braintree teachers ends May 31. Other teachers who submit their information will be contacted after May 31 regarding availabilty of open seats. Please see the course flyer for class description. 

Dates: Face-to-face course dates are June 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, and July 28 (presentations of curriculum units will be done on July 28).
Time: 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM (7 hours of instruction, 0.5 hour lunch), for a total of 6 days, plus 3 hours of online work = 45 course hours.
Location: Bridgewater State University, DMF Science and Mathematics Center
Cost: None. Teachers will earn 3 graduate credits from BSU and will be paid the district hourly rate for 24 hours of PLC meetings.
Registration: Please use this website to register. 

 

Fall 2017:

BIO 514: Advances in Biomedical Biology – Teaching Cancer Biology for In-service Teachers

Offered in collaboration with CASE and Center for Translational Science Education at Tufts University School of Medicine. For course description, registration, and more information, see the course flyer

Dates: Throughout Fall Semester: September 6th - December 13th 
Time: Thursdays 4:45 PM - 7:25 PM
Location: Bridgewater State University, DMF Science and Mathematics Center
Cost: Graduate student tuition and fees are reduced to $325. Students will be billed in full, and then fees will be adjusted.  This program is supported by a grant from the National Institutes of Health Science Education Partnership Award Program.

BIO 495: Topics in Physiology – Teaching Cancer Biology for Pre-Service Teachers 

Offered in collaboration with CASE and Center for Translational Science Education at Tufts University School of Medicine. For course description, registration, and more information, see the course flyer.

Dates: Throughout Fall Semester: September 6th - December 13th 
Time: Thursday's 4:45 PM - 7:25 PM
Location: Bridgewater State University, DMF Science and Mathematics Center
Cost: Undergraduate student tuition and fees are reduced to $325. Students will be billed in full, and then fees will be adjusted.  This program is supported by a grant from the National Institutes of Health Science Education Partnership Award Program.

Other Professional Development Opportunities for PreK-12 teachers

Additional Professional Development opportunites are available through CityLab, Watershed Access Lab, Mathematics and Computer Science Collaborative and Engage in Math programs.  For more information on professional development offered through CASE, please click here.